Never Goin’ Back is a movie bursting with life. Even when the film’s two teenage best friends (played by Maia Mitchell and Camila Morrone) are just tolerating another mundane shift at the diner, there’s still a feeling of joyfulness in Augustine Frizzell‘s feature directorial debut. Even in the story’s most dire or ridiculous situations, the characters manage to keep the good times going, thanks to each other.
There’s a happy-go-lucky, adventurous spirit to Never Goin’ Back, which is based on Frizzell’s own teenage experiences with her best friend. The writer-director looks back on those times fondly and with reflection and, clearly, a lot of laughs. She has a lot of love for her protagonists, which is always evident in the movie. Frizzell recently told us about how close she is to these characters, working with A24, days from the set, and a whole lot more about her comedy, which managing what /Film editor Jacob Hall called “a sweet and raunchy tale of glorious idiocy” in his review.
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It’s not often that the girls get to have as much raunchy fun as the boys on the big screen. But thankfully that’s changed over the past decade or so, and we’ve gotten some downright dirty and hilarious comedies featuring women. And this summer looks to add one more to the line-up.
Never Goin’ Back follows Maia Mitchell and Camila Morrone as Angela and Jessie, two friends working as waitresses in a Texas diner who just want to spend the summer hitting up the beach, getting high and fucking around. And that’s exactly what they do. Things like work and responsibility keep getting in the way, but they don’t give a shit. Read More »
Cinematic comedy has a long history of men being idiots. Of men making mistakes. Of men getting in over their heads. Of men being deadbeat losers who make a series of increasingly poor decisions and whose lives spiral into chaotic, raunchy anarchy. Of men, despite giving us every reason to disregard them, ultimately winning our affection.
What Never Goin’ Back does is take a long hard look at a familiar comedic template and ask, “But what if ladies?” And then it does it better than just about everyone else.
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